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Which and whose authority? EU support to security governance in Aceh

Tholens, Simone 2012. Which and whose authority? EU support to security governance in Aceh. European Security 21 (2) , pp. 294-309. 10.1080/09662839.2012.665888

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This article focuses on the use of informal justice systems to support Community Based Policing with the aim to create legitimacy between state and society in post-conflict processes. It analyses the EU's involvement in reviving the customary justice system adat in Aceh, Indonesia in order to discern how the concept of authority is mediated from an international organisation to local stakeholders via Security Sector Reform (SSR). The article operates with three conceptions of authority present in situations of security sector assistance: modern, postmodern and traditional. It explores the different faces of authority present in the case of Aceh, and unravels which and whose authority the EU propagates through its support to SSR. The article finds potentially contradictory processes at work, and highlights the need for more research on the use of informal justice systems within SSR.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0966-2839
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:23

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